Bill Essayli is a former federal prosecutor and Riverside County Deputy District Attorney. Today, he is a partner at the law firm of Essayli & Brown LLP where he practices as an experienced trial attorney with a reputation for vigorously defending the interests of his clients.
Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Essayli served in the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California located in Los Angeles. As an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) he handled significant and important prosecutions, including but not limited to violent and organized crime, identity theft, bank fraud, securities fraud, white-collar fraud, obstruction of justice, and a multitude of other matters. His duties included advising and coordinating with federal agents on active federal and multi-jurisdictional investigations, evaluating legal issues and filing criminal cases.
During his tenure at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Essayli was entrusted with working on some of the nation’s most serious cases. One such case involved a terrorist attack in San Bernardino in 2015 that tragically led to the deaths of many American citizens. Mr. Essayli also tried a three-week jury trial of a prominent California doctor charged with more than 80 counts of unlawfully prescribing opiates, which unfortunately led to the deaths of over a dozen patients.
As foundation for his work as an AUSA, Mr. Essayli served with distinction as a prosecutor at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. That office is one of the top prosecutorial offices in the nation, is the tenth largest in the U.S. and third largest in California. During his service as a prosecutor Mr. Essayli tried numerous jury trials successfully.
Before serving as a Deputy District Attorney, Bill was in private practice for two years with a focus on employment law. Bill had the privilege of serving as an intern with the White House Counsel's Office in 2008.
Bill currently serves as the Chairman of the Rules Committee for the California Republican Party and sits on the Executive Committee. In 2018, Bill received the Rising Star award from the Riverside County Lincoln Club.
Bill has been a resident of Riverside County for three decades. After graduating from Centennial High School, Bill was the first in his family to graduate college. Bill received his undergraduate degree from the Kellogg Honors College of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his law degree from Chapman University School of Law.
As the son of Lebanese-American immigrants, Bill has been able to realize the American Dream.